[Ads-l] bazam - wooden cantilever bridge - 2004

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 2 04:03:32 UTC 2016

BB:  << bazam is an exclamation of delight, a word not in the online Oxford
Wikipedia or Wiktionary. All of them, however, miss the meaning of "wooden
cantilever bridge" as found in Bhutan. >>
WB: Assuming [buzz-AM!]. OTH, better: blend of <shazam!> & a <b->-initial
onomatopoeic word <blam, boom, bang>. Impressionistically, <bazam!> &
<shazam!> have a Orientalizing flavor (ala Arabian Nights), as of a magical
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964-1969).

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